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Ministry wants commission to probe YouTube clip
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been asked to investigate a YouTube video of a man who allegedly insulted Islam and Prophet Muhammad in a talk.
Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the commission has been instructed to immediately conduct the probe under Section 233 of the Communi-cations and Multimedia Act.
“I will personally make sure that this case is brought to the attention of the authorities soon,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on ‘Issues and Challenges in Preserving Audiovisual Archives in the Tropical Region’, here yesterday.
Pro tem president of the Muslim Bloggers Association (MBA), Zainol Abideen drew attention to the video clip of a “priest” delivering a talk at a church in Kuching.
Meanwhile, Dr Rais said the ministry plans to set up a system to display archive materials online.
He said the ministry would collaborate with agencies like Filem Negara, RTM and Bernama to collect historical documents to be displayed online by the National Archives.
“Through this initiative, artefacts such as videos, 16mm or 35mm films, film negatives as well as pictures can be put online,” he told reporters.
He said the system would enable access to historical materials without having to go to the agencies concerned.
Dr Rais said the ministry also planned to provide scholarships to encourage students and the public to carry out research on the country’s historical artefacts.
“The scholarships are aimed at promoting the study of archive materials. This includes training on heritage and record-keeping,” he said.
Earlier, in his speech Rais said special attention was needed for audiovisual archives in the tropical region, as their preservation is more challenging, with heat and humidity the main threats.
“Their relevance will not diminish with time, therefore, it is vital for such materials to be safeguarded and preserved for use by successive generations,” he said. – Bernama